App of the Week: Taptu – DJ Your News

Title: Taptu -‘  DJ Your News

Platform: Nook Color, Nook Tablet, Android, iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad (Requires iOS 4.0 or later)

Cost: Free

TaptuHow many newspapers, blogs, websites, and social networking sites did you scan today before visiting the YALSA Blog? Whether it is for reference questions, professional development, or leisure purposes, the amount of information librarians consume on a daily basis can be somewhat overwhelming.’  This week’s app, Taptu – DJ Your News, helps combat information-overload by “mashing, mixing, and merging” all your social networking content, favorite websites, and news sources into a visual stream that can be browsed with the sweep of a finger.

Adding your favorite news feeds and websites is a simple task. Taptu’s “StreamStore” features popular streams sorted visually and by topic (see the image at right). In addition to Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn, Taptu has hundreds of curated topics like “2012 Elections,” “Twilight Breaking Dawn,” and “Styleite.” Select by tapping the feed logo, or log on to Google Reader and import up to 100 feeds. Once selected, streams can be merged, color coded, and renamed in the StreamStudio. You can share whTaptuole streams and individual articles with friends via Facebook, email, or other social networking apps installed on your device. Taptu integrates with Instapaper and Read It Later, allowing users to save interesting articles and streams for future reading. The bookmark feature also saves favorite articles for offline perusal.

Customer reviews on bn.com compared Taptu to Pulse, and I agree that the apps share a similar purpose and appearance (read a YALSA blogger’s review for Pulse). However, a few differences make Taptu a desirable download, either to complement Pulse or to use as your primary feed aggregator.

Pulse restricts users to 60 feeds, but Taptu users can collect and display over 100 feeds.’  The increased amount of content is easier to organize, too.’  I liked that I was able to select and merge whole streams. Combing sources and streams under one headline reduced clutter on the Taptu front page and made it easier to browse relevant topics.’  I also had the option to back up my streams to an SD card — a very important feature if you spend the time selecting and organizing over 100 feeds!

My one frustration with this app was the “Mark as Read” feature.’  Currently, you cannot visually distinguish between viewed and unread content.

This app is a great choice to help simplify life and organize all those sources you access regularly. Teens will enjoy this app’s social features, including the ability to share entertaining articles with friends. It is also useful for collecting and saving information to access later for homework assignments or leisure reading on the bus.

For more YALSA App of the Week posts, visit the App of the Week Archive.

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Rebekah Kamp

Rebekah works as the Youth Services Librarian at the Belgrade Community Library. She enjoys designing innovative programming for children and teens. When not at the library, Rebekah is an outdoor enthusiast who loves spending time with her children camping, hiking, and exploring in Montana.